06/16/17 9:35am
Sylvester Manor

A herd of Devon cattle explore a newly opened section of pastureland at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

Farming has been a way of life on the East End for more than three centuries. Although it was once common to see cows grazing in local fields, given sky-high land values and the amount of acreage required to raise them, it’s been decades since cattle have been a regular feature of the East End landscape.

But the cows have come home to Shelter Island. Since mid-May, 33 of them have been happily munching away in the pasturelands at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Another 10 or so are set to join them from upstate New York in the weeks ahead. (more…)

06/14/17 9:14am

A scene from the Shelter Island 10K. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter, file photo)

Shelter Island’s premier sporting event is set for Saturday.

The gun will sound  to get runners and walkers on the move for the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk at 5:30 p.m. The 38th annual 10K/5K Run/Walk on Saturday will have two major focuses this year. One is to give serious runners a heightened sense of competition by the 10K partnering with two other historic races in the region as part of a “Grand Prix.” The second goal is to kick up the after-race party several notches, making it the capstone of a day of joy and excitement for all ages.

“We want to make it a family fun day,” said Julie O’Neil-Bliss, marketing director for the race, “as well as enhancing the race for runners.” (more…)

06/12/17 2:05pm

Black Cat Books on Shelter Island. (Credit: BJ Gamboa)

It’s just about summertime on the East End.

Get your toes in the sand or throw yourself into a hammock while you unplug and read a book.

Forget the two-day drone drop. Hop in your convertible or pedal your beach cruiser down to one of these local havens and meet your fellow bibliophiles.

Here are three places to pick up some summer reading while you visit the East End.

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06/11/17 10:14am
PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill

Keith and Ali Bavaro inside the tiki bar at the all new PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pair of Shelter Island restaurateurs are bringing their brand of laid-back waterfront dining across the moat.

Keith and Ali Bavaro recently opened PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill on Greenport’s Third Street. It’s an offshoot of Shelter Island’s SALT, which they also own. There you will find steamed clams, lobster rolls and burgers which you can enjoy while overlooking the North Ferry and Greenport Harbor.

“It’s a come as you are, feel good kind of place with approachable food and a local, seafood-driven menu,” Mr. Bavaro said. (more…)

06/07/17 10:11am

Matt Murphy at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

The restaurant at the Ram’s Head Inn is up and running for the season, and manning the kitchen is a new executive chef, Matt Murphy, who owned Antares Café in Greenport from 2000 to 2010.

Murphy is a born chef. At the age of 14, he got his first restaurant job and by 19, he was running a restaurant in Syosset. But as a chef, Murphy notes he really cut his teeth, so to speak, while working at La Colombe d’Or in New York City. He also spent time learning technique in Europe where he cooked both in Paris and in Tuscany.

These days, he’s happy to settle into the pastoral environment at the Ram’s Head Inn where he knows he has access to the freshest ingredients available. In a recent interview, Murphy reflected on how both the business of food — and the customers who eat it — have changed over the decades he’s been in the business.

“I think people have an enormous amount of knowledge compared to previous times,” says Murphy. “With so many TV shows about food, unfortunately, people think they’re experts. But the good thing is, they get it.” (more…)

06/07/17 6:01am

The Horsford Girls ca. 1872. Clockwise from top left: Mary, Kate, Gertrude, Cornelia, Lilian Horsford, taken in Cambridge Mass. Courtesy: New York University Files Library.

The voices of women are generally those most easily lost to history. Deeds, lawsuits and business interests are the documents of men and these are what often can be found in archives when one is doing historical research.

But this weekend, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm opens an intriguing exhibition that focuses on the particularly strong matriarchal lineage that dominated the property for centuries.  (more…)

06/06/17 6:00am

BARRY GORDIN PHOTO | ‘The Man in the Ceiling’ creative team during rehearsals in New York City. From left, composer Andrew Lippa, book writer Jules Feiffer, and director Jeffrey Seller.

Guests of the Shelter Island Library Book and Author Luncheon have a huge treat in store. New Island resident Jules Feiffer — world renowned cartoonist, author, playwright and all-around wit — has agreed to speak at the annual event which will be held on June 10 at The Pridwin Hotel. (more…)